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“Dragonslayer,” “Abyss” set for 55th London Film Festival

Tristan Patterson's SXSW-winning skateboard doc Dragonslayer (pictured) and Werner Herzog's anticipated death row project Into the Abyss are among the documentaries set to receive their UK premieres at the London Film Festival next month.
September 7, 2011

Tristan Patterson’s SXSW-winning skateboard doc Dragonslayer (pictured) and Werner Herzog’s anticipated death row project Into the Abyss are among the documentaries set to receive their UK premieres at the London Film Festival next month.

Herzog’s Abyss, which premieres in Toronto later this week, will air in the ‘Film on the Square’ strand at the 55th BFI London Film Festival, which runs October 12-27. Other docs airing in the strand include Nick Broomfield’s Sarah Palin – You Betcha! and Jonathan Demme’s New Orleans doc I’m Carolyn Parker.

Meanwhile, Patterson’s Dragonslayer – which won two doc awards at South By Southwest in Texas and the best international feature award at Hot Docs earlier this year – will lead the ‘World Cinema’ strand, which also includes the Ken Kesey doc Magic Trip, from directors Alison Ellwood and Alex Gibney. Also playing in the strand is Michael Barnett’s Superheroes.

In the ‘New British Cinema’ strand, docs will include Paul Kelly’s Lawrence of Belgravia and Daniel Edelsyn’s How to Re- Establish a Vodka Empire; while in the ‘Cinema Europa’ strand, non-fiction works include Andrey Paounov’s The Boy Who Was A King and Michael Glawogger’s Whores’ Glory.

Glawogger will be one of the four Austrian filmmakers with work in the festival who will be participating in a special panel discussion on the current state of Austrian cinema.

In all, the festival will air 204 films over its 16 days, while also hosting the annual BFI London Film Festival Awards, which notably include the Grierson Award for Best Documentary.

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